O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!

In the third installment of the series Sundae with Nuts we’ll take a look at George Byron, Lewis Carroll, and Stephen Crane.

Lord Byron

I came to know George Gordon Byron, commonly known as Lord Byron, when I was a teenager and first became aware of the history of the 250px-George_Gordon_Byron,_6th_Baron_Byron_by_Richard_Westall_(2)novel Frankenstein.  Frankenstein, was written by Mary (Gordon) Shelly as a fragment when Byron was visiting with her and her future husband Percy Shelly (also on this list) in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was a Pen Name for Englishman Charles L Dodgson.  Carroll is of course best known for his fiction Alice’s Adventures in Charles-Dodgson-014-1024x614Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass.  I have never read either work.  I have seen the film with Johnny Depp, but that hardy equates I think.  When I was a teenage I bought a t-shirt from a Head Shop with a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar on it a popular character from the formerly mentioned work.  I loved the shirt and wore it to tatters.  I was very depressed when I had to toss it out before Mom could claim it as a dust rag–that indignation would have been too great to bear.

But I DID read Jabberwocky which came from Alice’s Adventures . . .  I read it over and over.  I committed it to memory and would occasionally bore listeners to tears as I recited it from heart.

Here it is in it’s entirety.  It drives the Spellchecker INSANE!  😀

Jabberwocky

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.The-Caterpillar-Character-Art-by-Alice-In-Wonderland-Character-Designer-Michael-Kutsche-alice-in-wonderland-2010-10708238-975-1200.jpg
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Stephen Crane

It took me a moment to remember exactly why it was that I liked Crane enough to include him in this list.  Then I remembered.  It was for this poem alone.  It’s not much a poem actually–more of a parable really.  But I like it and others have called it a poem, so I’m not going to argue.  It’s short.  This is it in its entirety.  It’s deeply thought provoking.  How can we, as flawed humans convict any human for their wickedness?  Did not even God sacrifice his own child just for the sake of saving wicked humanity?  Where is the mother who does not love her child?

Behold, the grave of a wicked man09+Behold+the+Grave+of+a+Wicked+Man

Behold, the grave of a wicked man,
And near it, a stern spirit.
There came a drooping maid with violets,
But the spirit grasped her arm.
“No flowers for him,” he said.
The maid wept:
“Ah, I loved him.”
But the spirit, grim and frowning:
“No flowers for him.”
Now, this is it —
If the spirit was just,
Why did the maid weep?

 

 

 

 

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